Palatinate Forest: The three ultimate golden moments: forest, hiking and wine

Not seeing the forest for the trees – that can soon happen to you in Germany’s largest contiguous forest area. Over 12,000 kilometres of hiking trails pass through the forest. The biosphere reserve protected by Unesco provides many treasures you’ll be keen to discover. There are also impressive castles and ruins as well as culinary highlights along the way. Whether by yourself, with friends or the whole family – this is where everyone will find their route to happiness.

You don’t need much for your path to happiness – rugged boots, some victuals in your backpack and off you go! The well-signposted hiking trails take you through extensive pine forests, past fresh streams, gorges, hikers’ huts and attractive villages with lots of options to take a break. While you can explore the large chestnut groves on pleasantly shaded paths in the east of the biosphere reserve, the Dahner Felsenland awaits you in the south close to the border with France. Its monumental sandstone towers and cliffs are up to 70 metres high, which display an incredible interplay of colours depending on the time of the day and are greatly appreciated by rock climbers. What better setting for a hiking or mountain bike tour? If you value culture and history more, you'll certainly be inspired by the many castles and ruins in the region. Trifels Castle, Berwartstein Castle and Hambach Castle attract large numbers of visitors every year. At the end of the day, you can look back on your experiences with some delicious regional specialities and a good glass of wine from the local region.

Breathtaking view over the Palatinate Forest from the Drachenfels castle ruins, Palatinate

Breathtaking view over the Palatinate Forest from the Drachenfels castle ruins, Palatinate

Golden tip

Worth gold

The Felsenland Sagenweg, an outstanding, 86 km long premium hiking trail. On some fabulous pathways, it connects 26 showplaces of legends and its sheer variety is ideal for hiking enthusiasts of all ages.


What also glitters…

Kalmit mountain view, Teufelstisch (the devil’s table), Karlstal gorge, Altschloss Felsen (rock outcrop), Wolfsschlucht (gorge), Hühnerstein mountain, Asselstein rock pinnacle, Hexenklamm (Witches’ gorge), Felsenmeer Hüttenberg (boulder field)

#RLPGoldenTime #RLPHighlights

More travel highlights and nature experiences

Discover all treasures

Our treasures are so varied they can fulfil any traveller’s heart’s desires. You can discover the 30 best destinations in the whole of Rhineland-Palatinate and draw up your own personal bucket list…

Trails, panoramic views and a castle in the Pfälzerwald biosphere reserve


13,0 km

4:00 h
Beautiful paths, lovely views and good places to stop for refreshments


Eppenbrunn Location: Near Eppenbrunn, starting point in Spießweiher car park.The Altschlossfelsen, measuring 1.5 km in length and 30 m in height, are located in…


Annweiler am Trifels The asselstein was climbed for the first time in june 1860.


Maikammer On the ridge of the Hüttenberg, there are numerous rock fragments and unusual rock formations of the red sandstone, known as Felsenmeer (sea of…


Pirmasens WITCHES' GORGEWild and romantic rock valley gorge.Access trail: Premium trail "Hexenklamm" (Witches' Gorge)


Hauenstein One of the most popular lookout rocks in Hauenstein.

Kalmit summit

Maikammer Standing at exactly 673.3 m, the Kalmit towers above Maikammer. It is part of the community forest of the wine district and is the highest hill in the…

Karlstal Gorge

Trippstadt The wild and romantic Karlstal Gorge is considered one of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Palatinate Forest because of its red sandstone…

Teufelstisch (Devil's Table)

Hinterweidenthal The Devil's Table ("Teufelstisch") is situated above the adventure park of the same name in Hinterweidenthal and is one of the most striking rocks in…


Wassenach The wild and romantic Wolfsschlucht invites you to take a trip. The Tönissteiner Bach, which rises shortly after the village of Wassenach, first…